What is an emergency?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines an emergency as an unforeseen situation that:
- Threatens employees, customers or the public
- Disrupts or shuts down business operations
- Causes physical or environmental damage
What is the most important thing to do in the event of an emergency?
- Remain calm. Panicking only creates more chaos in an already tense situation.
Certain emergencies require a shelter-in-place response. What does this mean?
- According to OSHA, shelter-in-place means “selecting an interior room or rooms within your facility, or ones with no or few windows, and taking refuge there.”
- It may also mean “seal the room,” — in other words, take steps to prevent outside air from coming in.
The types of emergencies that might necessitate a shelter in place include:
- An accidental or intentional release of chemical, biological or radiological contaminants into the environment
- Weather emergencies
- Episodes of workplace violence, specifically active shooter situations
We want our employees to be prepared should an emergency occur in our facility. What does this mean?
- Know your work area, including the location of any flammable liquids, hazardous chemicals or electrical hazards.
- Be aware of any dangerous vapors, dusts or fumes that can develop as a result of work processes and could pose additional hazards in an emergency situation.
- Know the proper procedures for reporting a fire or other emergency.
- Make sure you are familiar with the sound of our emergency alarm.
- Know who is authorized to order an evacuation of the building.
- Know what to do in the event of an evacuation, including which exits to use depending on your location inside of the building.
- Know where to meet outside of the building if an evacuation is necessary.
- Stay clear of driveways and roads to allow emergency vehicles to safely enter the area
For more information go to www.ready.gov